College Sports Information Directors of America
College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) is an organization that focuses on professional development and support for sports information directors at all levels. It offers awards, scholarships, and grants in support of SIDs and prospective SIDs in the industry. Since 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)—covering all NCAA championship sports—and NAIA athletes.
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CoSIDA began as a part of the American College Public Relations Association (ACPRA). It split and was established as a separate organization for sports information directors in 1957. CoSIDA holds an annual conference based around professional development. The first conference was held in Chicago in 1957, where there were 102 attendees. As of 2019 there are over 3,100 members in the United States and Canada.
In 2008, CoSIDA launched a strategic plan to change the image and focus of the organization. Part of the plan was to modify the traditional "Sports Information Director" job title to "Strategic Communicator". Along with this, CoSIDA changed its logo and began to work with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Another key point was to have members get better at effective communication strategy, specifically strategic communication. This change is in response to changes in media technology, namely social media.
CoSIDA's Research on Social MediaEdit
A 2012 study, conducted by G. Clayton Stoldt of Wichita State University, surveyed 529 CoSIDA members on how social media had impacted their institutions. Some key results are:
- 92% said that social media changed how their institution communicates
- 89% said social media changed how they handle external communications
- 81% agreed that social media has in some way enhanced public relations practices
- 92% said that social media impacts mainstream media
- 92% also said social media has forced organizations to respond more quickly to crises
- 69% said that social media is less accurate than traditional media, 72% said social media is less credible than traditional media
- 75% said that social media impacts organizations' transparency
- Only 6% knew of any time their institution managed social media based on legality
A separate study in 2016, conducted by CoSIDA and researched by Katelyn Miller of Rutgers University, found that just 33% of institutions had implemented a social media policy and 50% of SIDs had, on at least one occasion, deleted a social media post from a coach or student-athlete.
Academic All-American SelectionsEdit
Since 1952, CoSIDA has selected Academic All-Americans for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. In 2018-19, two-year schools and Canadian institutions were made eligible for at-large All-American selections. Google Cloud is the title sponsor for the All-American selections. Previous title sponsors include GTE, Verizon, ESPN The Magazine, and Capital One.
CoSIDA is responsible for the annual selection of 816 Academic All-Americans in men's soccer, football, basketball, baseball and track and field/cross country and women's soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and track and field/cross country. The sports that CoSIDA recognizes as eligible for at-large Academic All-American recognition are:
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Dick Enberg Award WinnersEdit
The organization presents the annual Dick Enberg Award to a "person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America Teams Program and/or the student athlete while promoting the values of education and academics." Frank Beamer has been selected as the 2019 recipient.
The following is a listing of past presidents:
- 2018-19: Rob Knox, Towson
- 2017-18: Rob Carolla, College Football 150
- 2016-17: Andy Seely, Central Florida
- 2015-16: Judy Willson, Mountain West Conference
- 2014-15: Eric McDowell, Union College (N.Y.)
- 2013-14: Shelly Poe, Auburn
- 2012-13: Joe Hornstein, FIU
- 2011-12: Tom Di Camillo, Pacific West Conference & Central Arizona College
- 2010-11: Larry Dougherty, Temple
- 2009-10: Justin Doherty, Wisconsin
- 2008-09: Nick Joos, Baylor
- 2007-08: Charles Bloom, Southeastern Conference
- 2006-07: Doug Dull, Maryland
- 2005-06: Joe Hernandez, Ball State
- 2004-05: Rod Commons, Washington State
- 2003-04: Tammy Boclair, Vanderbilt
- 2002-03: Alan Cannon, Texas A&M
- 2001-02: Pete Moore, Syracuse
- 2000-01: Fred Stabley Jr., Central Michigan
- 1999-00: Max Corbet, Boise State
- 1998-99: Maxey Parrish, Baylor
- 1997-98: Pete Kowalski, Rutgers
- 1996-97: Jim Vruggink, Purdue
- 1995-96: Rick Brewer, North Carolina
- 1994-95: Hal Cowan, Oregon State
- 1993-94: Doug Vance, Kansas
- 1992-93: Ed Carpenter, Boston University
- 1991-92: George Wine, Iowa
- 1990-91: June Stewart, Vanderbilt
- 1989-90: Arnie Sgalio, Big Sky Conference
- 1988-89: Bill Little, Texas
- 1987-88: Bob Smith, Rutgers
- 1986-87: Roger Valdiserri, Notre Dame
- 1985-86: Jack Zane, Maryland
- 1984-85: Nordy Jenson, Western Athletic Conference
- 1983-84: Bill Whitmore, Rice
- 1982-83: Howie Davis, Massachusetts
- 1981-82: Nick Vista, Michigan State
- 1980-81: Langston Rogers, Delta State
- 1979-80: Dave Schulthess, Brigham Young
- 1978-79: Don Bryant, Nebraska
- 1977-78: Bob Peterson, Minnesota
- 1976-77: Bill Esposito, St. John’s
- 1975-76: Bob Bradley, Clemson
- 1974-75: Hal Bateman, Air Force
- 1973-74: Jones Ramsey, Texas
- 1972-73: Jim Mott, Wisconsin
- 1971-72: Dick Page, Massachusetts
- 1970-71: Elmore Hudgins, Southeastern Conference
- 1969-70: Harry Burrell, Iowa State
- 1968-69: Tom Miller, Indiana
- 1967-68: Bill Young, Wyoming
- 1966-67: Marvin Francis, Wake Forest
- 1965-66: Bob Culp, Western Michigan
- 1965-66: Val Pinchbeck, Syracuse
- 1964-65: Harold Keith, Oklahoma
- 1963-64: Warren Berg, Luther
- 1962-63: Bob Hartley, Mississippi State
- 1961-62: John Cox, Navy
- 1960-61: Marty Reisch, Air Force
- 1959-60: Wilbur Evans, Southwest Athletic Conference
- 1958-59: Fred Stabley Sr., Michigan State
- 1957-58: Ted Mann, Duke
The following is a listing of past and future convention sites, including membership and attendance:
- "Our Organization". CoSIDA. 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
- "Florida's Tim Tebow and Morningside's Beau Kildow top ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-America Football Team". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2009-11-24. Archived from the original on 2017-11-18. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
- Stoldt, Clayton (2015). "College Athletics Communications". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
- "About Us". CoSIDA. 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
- Moore, Joe (2015). "Strategic Influence and Sport Communication Leaders". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
- Whiteside, Erin (2014). "New Media and the Changing Role of Sports Information". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
- Stoldt, G. Clayton (2012). "The Impact of Social Media on College Athletics Communications" (PDF). CoSIDA. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
- Miller, Katelyn (2016). "The Impact of Social Media on Intercollegiate Athletics". Rutgers University Libraries. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
- "Our Organization: What is CoSIDA?". 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
- "About the Dick Enberg Award". 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
- "Past Presidents". College Sports Information Directors of America. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
- "Convention Sites". College Sports Information Directors of America. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
- College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) official website